The Era of Reform Review and Test Critical Thinking

The Era of Reform Review and Test Critical Thinking
The Era of Reform Review and Test Critical Thinking
The Era of Reform Review and Test Critical Thinking
The Era of Reform Review and Test Critical Thinking
The Era of Reform Review and Test Critical Thinking
The Era of Reform Review and Test Critical Thinking
The Era of Reform Review and Test Critical Thinking
The Era of Reform Review and Test Critical Thinking
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  1. The Era of Reform and Sectionalism - 11 separate lessons including a Slave Life Stations Activity, comprehensive coverage of the compromises before the Civil War, a Mini-Play about the Women's Rights Movement and much more.☆☆☆Engaging, student centered, and make for the middle school mind!☆☆☆Click o
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Assessing Critical Thinking in Social Studies!

This purchase includes two different versions of an assessment for the 3 lessons in my Era of Reform unit and a review worksheet for the entire unit.  Those lessons are:

I would not purchase this review and assessment packet unless you have previously purchased some of the lessons.The assessments are specifically tailored to match the lessons. I do standards based grading, and I allow students to redo tests. Therefore, one of the tests is given as the original, and the second test is given as a “redo.” 

These assessments do require the students to have some knowledge of historical skills. The skills are then referred to and reviewed on the review sheet. I’ve tried my best to meet the new standards required by NYS Standards for Social Studies. 

I include a 5-point holistic rubric with each of the lesson assessments. If you would like to grade these questions in a different way, you can simply remove the rubric and add in your own points or rubric instead. 

I do not include an answer key for the short answer (the answers for the multiple choice are included). There is a wide variety of answers that students could provide for these questions and it’s really up to the teacher’s discretion as to whether to give credit. If you’ve taught these answers, it would not be difficult to assess student answers. There is an answer key provided for the review sheet.

This zip file includes a PDF version, a PowerPoint version, and a link to a Google Slides version for both the Review and the assessment. Both the PowerPoint and the Google Slides versions are fully EDITABLE.

Check out my other lessons from this era:

Slave Life in the South

The Irish Famine - Seeing Bias Through Imagery

The Women's Rights Movement - A Mini-Play

The Era of Reform Review and Test The Abolitionists - Part 1

The Abolitionists - Part 2

The Abolitionists - Part 3

The Abolitionists Video Guide

Slave Life in the South Before the Civil War - Stations

The Compromises - The Missouri Compromise, the Compromise of 1850 and the Kansas-Nebraska Act

John Brown's Raid at Harper's Ferry - Martyr or Murderer?

Sectionalism and Events Leading to Civil War Review and Test

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Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
Write informative/explanatory texts, including the narration of historical events, scientific procedures/experiments, or technical processes.
Integrate visual information (e.g., in charts, graphs, photographs, videos, or maps) with other information in print and digital texts.
Identify aspects of a text that reveal an author’s point of view or purpose (e.g., loaded language, inclusion or avoidance of particular facts).
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including vocabulary specific to domains related to history/social studies.
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